“Fig Leaf Federalism”
May 16, 2012
In the past week, we’ve seen Federalism in action, as voters around the country cast ballots on state & local policies. We have been admonished, over the past several months, by occupiers and “99%’ers” that democracy is a wonderful thing. Yet, as I pointed out in last week’s #HDLBR, their love of democracy is superficial, at best. It quickly morphs into #H8, when they disagree with the outcome of a particular vote.
But democracy, or majority rule, is not a one-way street. One can either praise it or decry it. But don’t flaunt your cognitive dissonance by selectively doing both.
Yet we see this often from the left, and it no longer surprises us. Obama favors gay marriage, BUT it’s a state issue, BUT NC “acted stupidly.”
Federalism & democracy for all! (Unless I disagree.) <–Bumper sticker that! And right below it, "Obama 2012."
That said, it SHOULD shock and disturb us, when we see this mentality coming from "our" side.
But many appear unfazed.
Public-policy-think-tank-whitepaper-pushers boast of conservative "cred" while advocating open borders & DADT repeal? Not a peep.
Staunch opponents of the entitlement state and the complacency bred by the dependency cycle, demanding foreign welfare aid?
And, when one person has the stones to call out this rampant hypocrisy on "our" side, he is summarily peppered with "friendly fire." Why? Because the hypocrites in my 2 previous examples are Jewish.
So, advocating Federalism is automatically anti-semitic now? How much cerebral contortion does that conclusion depend on?
Folks, there comes a time when one must stand athwart false premises. Federalism, localized government, subsidiarity -call it what you will- is neither subjective nor selective. It gives no preference, nor quarter, to a particular faith, color, blood type, sexual orientation, or income level.
Federalism simply is.
And you either believe in it, and tirelessly advocate on its behalf (as the Framers did), or you oppose it & join the statist hordes.
With nearly $16 TRILLION in national debt and $119 trillion in unfunded liabilities, there is no room (or time) for middle ground. Like it or not, there ARE absolutes.
2 plus 2 will ALWAYS be 4. Gravity will ALWAYS suck. And America will always be a nation *founded* on localized governance. (The fact that we’ve moved away from those principles entirely explains the dollar amounts above.)
Using Federalism as a fig leaf, Adam (or Eve, or Barry), will not hide your intellectual nakedness. Not from God. Or from anyone else who is paying attention. Federalism IS a zero-sum proposition.